TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: What's This Telephone Related Item?

Re: What's This Telephone Related Item?
Wed, 23 Aug 2006 20:01:50 EDT

In a message dated 22 Aug 2006 13:35:27 -0700,

> At the rate things are going pay phones will be gone eventually. One
> factor is everyone having a cell phone. Another factor is that local
> calls are cheap people will let you use their business lines; years
> ago that'd be too costly.

Businesses very commonly allowed customers and passersby to use
business phones. Some even had telephones out on the counter or in
some other convenient locations for customers to use, even though the
telco tariffs prohibited this. Telephone calls were measured rate
only in a small part of the United States, and there was little or no
incremental cost for a customer to use the phone in the vast part of
the U.S.A. that had flat rate service.

> Years ago employees were forbidden from using employer lines for
> personal calls, an edict strictly enforced. In those days large
> workplaces often had payphones on every floor as well as banks in
> the lobby. Today the lobbies of fancy businesses have house phones
> offering free local calls.

The reason for prohibiting employees from using employer lines, then
as now, is primarily because the loss of productivity when the
employee carries out personal activites when he or she is supposed to
be doing the employer's business.

Wes Leatherock

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